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Hip hangouts: Harlem Globetrotters and more

The Harlem Globetrotters and Bjorn Again are coming to town; plus, much more to fill up your diary

  • By Farah Andrews, Scene magazine
  • Published: 12:01 October 18, 2012
  • Scene

The Harlem Globetrotters
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  • The Globetrotters have been touring the world since 1950 and have notched up over 22,000 shows.

Harlem Globetrotters

WHY GO?

1) What’s not to love? The iconic basketball team-meets-show are bringing their show to the UAE for five special performances over three days in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
2) This is more than your average basketball game, the Globies bring tricks, stunts and comedy to the B-ball court, so it’s a perfect family day out that will please everyone, even sport skeptics are guaranteed to be dazzled by the impressive dunks, for a little taste of what you’re in for, check out bit.ly/RyFRes.
3) This is no new show, the Globetrotters have been touring the world since 1950 and have notched up over 22,000 shows. Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Gordon Ramsay are big fans.
Cost From Dh75 in Dubai and Dh125Dubai Tennis Stadium and Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium |October 25 to 26 | www.harlemglobetrottersuae.com

Björn Again
1) If the lyric “Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine” gets you up on your feet every time then you need to get your hands on tickets to Bjorn Again, the world famous tribute act to Sweden’s most famous exports, Abba. The band are in town to take you down musical memory lane and expect all of the biggest hits from Bjorn, Benny, Anna and Frida, so expect a sing-along session and brush up on your Waterloo and Knowing Me, Knowing You lyrics ahead of the concert.
2) Before the Aussie tributes to the Swedish sensation hit the stage, Dubai-based-sing-along-worthy Kiwi and British band, The Maplejacks (who you can see down at the Irish Village every Thursday) will be warming up the crowd.
3) Radio 2 are hosting an after party at Aloft, playing all the biggest seventies and eighties hits.
Cost From Dh80
ADNEC, Abu Dhabi | 6pm, Friday October 19 | www.adnec.ae/whatson

Avicci Live in Dubai
If you’ve been living under a rock you might have missed the catchiest song of the summer, for everyone else, we’ve been living with the line “Oh, oh, sometimes, I get a good feeling, yeah” constantly in our head, thanks to Avicci’s ultra catchy tune, levels. To catch the Swedish electro producer live, head to Atlantis Beach this weekend, you’ll be dancing with the sand between your toes all night long.
Cost From Dh175
Atlantis Beach, Palm Jumeirah | 7pm-3am, Thursday October 18 | www.atlantisthepalm.com

Rest Upon The Wind
For a touch of culture this weekend, get to The First Group Theatre for Rest Upon The Wind, a play inspired by the life of Lebanese-American poet, Khalil Gibran. Straight from London’s West End, where it enjoyed a sold out run, the play, which was written by celebrated playwright, Nadim Sawalha, tells the story of Gibran and his sister, as they struggle to adapt to life State Side, and the play is loved for its portrayal of typically Arabic humour and warm, close family life.
Cost Dh250
The First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah | Thursday October 18 to Saturday October 20| www.gibrantheplay.com

Live Noodle Making at The China Club
We love The China Club for it’s authentic and delicious Chinese dishes and until November 3 the restaurant is bringing an extra something special to your dining experience, live noodle making. As you tuck into delicious dim sum (seriously, it has to be some of the best in Dubai) you can watch the live demonstrations from Guest Chef Xu Jun who’s jetted in from China to show of his noodle making skills during lunch and dinner sittings in the restaurant.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek | Daily, until November 3 | 04 205 7333

Dubai International Dance Festival
Enjoy dance performances across a host on genres and have a go a dancing yourself with a workshops in almost every style of dance, from salsa, hip hop and cha cha, to styles we’d never heard of, life raga, zouk and Cali style salsa, you never know, you could leave the master of a whole new style of dance.
Cost From Dh150
DUCTAC, Mall Of The Emirates | Thursday October 18 to Friday October 19 | www.dubaidancefestival.com

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